Monday, December 31, 2007

11 weeks

Your baby continues to grow and is now approximately the size of a large lime! The crown-to-rump length of your developing child is 1.75 to 2.4 inches. The weight of the fetus is approximately 8 grams at this point. The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your baby's length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the baby's length.

You are almost at the end of your first trimester and while changes continue to occur quickly in your baby, they are happening at a slower rate in you. Your uterus has been growing with the fetus inside of it and is now almost big enough to fill your pelvis. Your uterus may be able to be felt in your lower abdomen, above the middle of your pubic bone. You are not able to feel the baby moving inside of you at this time. Some women think that they have felt their baby moving now, but it is either gas or a wrongly dated pregnancy. You might also be noticing changes in your hair, fingernails, or skin around this time. Some women notice an increase in hair growth and nail growth during pregnancy and others lose small amounts of hair. You are burning up calories at a faster rate than you did before you became pregnant! The amount of blood being pumped around your body will increase and you might feel warmer than usual.

This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. Your baby's fingernails appear this week! External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks.

Well i am 11 weeks tomorrow and i am starting to feel a little bit better. These past few weeks have brought nauseous and tiredness. With the nauseous i could hardly keep food down but now i am starting to feel a litte bit better. I still feel like i want to throw up but not recently(today) I am hoping that my symptons with go away. I dont like feeling this way!
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Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Concert!!

Candace was the only one who did a Christmas Concert this year!
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

From my house to yours

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Where is everyone?
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007


In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket.

Their father was gone.

The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two.

Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared.

Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds.

He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries.

Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either.

If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it.

I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress, loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job.

The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town.

No luck.

The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince who ever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job.

Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer Barrel drive -in t hat had been converted to a truck stop.

It was called the Big Wheel.

An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at all those kids.

She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning.

She paid 65 cents an hour, and I could start that night.

I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for people.

I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night.

She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep

This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal.

That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we all thanked God for finding Mommy a job. And so I started at the Big Wheel.

When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my tip money-- fully half of what I averaged every night.

As the weeks went by, heating bills added a strain to my meager wage.

The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home.

One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires!

There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires.

Had angels taken up residence in Indiana ? I wondered.

I made a deal with the local service station.

In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office.

I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor tha n it did for him to do the tires.

I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough.

Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids.

I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning.

Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.

On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel. There were the truckers, Les , Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe.

A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine.

The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up.

When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas morning, to my amazement, my old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with boxes of all shapes and sizes.

I quickly opened the driver's side door, crawled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat.

Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box.

Inside was whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10!

I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans.

Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes.
There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items.

And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll.

As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude.

And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Christmas MeMe

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper!!

2. Real tree or artificial? Real

3. When do you put up the tree? Beginning of December

4. When do you take the tree down? Couple days after Christams

5. Do you like egg nog? Sometimes

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Getto Blaster

7. Do you have a nativity scene? No, but I really need to get one

8. Hardest person to buy for? My dad

9. Easiest person to buy for? The kids

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Don't think I ever had one that bad

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November this year

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Assorted!

17. Favorite Christmas song? Dont really have a favorite

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? I think so.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? both, I let the kids open one on Christmas Eve then the rest on Christmas Evening

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? People who rob houses and steal Christmas presents from kids

23. Favorite ornament, theme or color? Red and green

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Turkey and stuffing

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Fondue set

26. Who is most likely to respond to this? hopefully people who read my blog

27. Who is least likely to respond to this?
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Dad's New Kitty

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Monday, December 10, 2007

More Snow Day Pics

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Saturday, December 8, 2007


Hey, I just made a total elf of myself. Check it out by copying the link below.
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Friday, December 7, 2007


Nothing really is going on here that is why i havent blogged. I just really havent been the mood lately and there is nothing to talk about!

So if you want to ask me something(anything), go ahead and i will answer your questions!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007


So, it turns out im 7 weeks pregnant not 4 weeks that i thought was! So my due date is July 22,2008! My first ultrasound will be at the end of February! I cant wait until i get the first ultrasound pictures! So, now i have bloodwork to get done and all that pregnancy stuff!!
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

snow night

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